Baalke Says Relationship With Harbaugh: ‘Very Misrepresented in the Media’

As Trent Baalke explains it, he didn’t have any irreconcilable differences with Jim Harbaugh, the now-former San Francisco 49ers head coach.

“The relationship between Jim and I, I think often times was very misrepresented in the media. Very misrepresented,” said the general manager on Monday during a joint press conference with CEO Jed York at Levi’s Stadium.

“I don’t read all the accounts, but certainly I’m briefed on things that are going on. And you couldn’t help but notice all of the controversy in the articles that were written, but it wasn’t like that day-to-day. It really wasn’t.”

Baalke said that both he and Harbaugh rejected the characterization that they simply didn’t get along.

“The louder we talked, the less it was heard. And the bottom line is, the relationship between a head coach and a general manager have to be in synch. There’s going to be disagreements and there’s going to be a competitive balance to it, but they have to be in synch.”

“Coming to work day-to-day in this organization has not been how it’s been reported.”

So if there was no problem with Baalke and Harbaugh, was the issue with York and the former coach? Baalke refused to offer a direct reply when asked that question.

“As Jed stated earlier, we’re not going to get into the exact philosophical differences. You know it was a mutual parting of the ways. There were some issues that we weren’t going to come full circle on. And we made that decision to move on.”

But then Baalke reiterated, conflict is part of the “beast.”

“It’s the nature of the beast. There are always things that you’re not going to totally agree on. That’s just, that’s part of the business.”

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